Sermons from September 2019

Bridging the Divide

Luke 16:19-31 He wasn’t a bad man.  In fact, he was well-respected in the community.  He was known for his good business sense and his gifts to charities and the synagogue.  He made a good profit, expanded his operation, and treated his workers well enough, paying them just enough to survive but not enough to […]

Saved Together

Luke 15:1-10 Once upon a time the religious leaders criticized Jesus because he was spending too much time with the wrong kind of people. It was ok that they came to listen to his message, but when Jesus met with moral and social outcasts one on one and ate dinner with them, Jesus crossed the line. […]

Prophets or Profits

Amos 5:22-24, 8:4-7, 11-14 Being a prophet can be a dangerous occupation. Your life expectancy is often short and you seldom stay in one place too long.  No one really wants a prophet to show up at town hall, corporate offices, Congress or the White House, and few welcome prophets in church as well. Amos was […]

Amazing Generosity of Spirit

John 12:1-8, Luke 10:38-42 Today, we celebrate two women of faith, Mary and Martha.  Women have often gone unnoticed in our faith traditions.  Male leadership and masculine images of God have hidden the significance of women and the divine feminine, the wholeness of God that embraces and goes beyond male and female. While the New […]

None are Strangers and All are Free

Philemon 1:1-25 Every so often, a personal email is accidentally shared, or confidential communications between political figures become public and go viral.  Reputations can be ruined or we can discover the intimacy of two close friends in a positive and life-affirming way. We don’t know if the apostle Paul intended his letter to Philemon to […]